# Department of Physics and Astronomy

## Department Objectives

- To provide the background necessary for understanding the highly scientific age in which we live;
- To prepare students for careers and for graduate work in physics and other closely allied fields;
- To prepare teachers in subject matter and in methods for the teaching of Physics, Astronomy and related fields;
- To furnish pre-professional work for those preparing for a career in science and related fields.

## Department of Physics and Astronomy

Seven options are available :

- Physics - Bachelor of Arts Degree

or Physics - Bachelor of Science Degree - Physics Comprehensive - Bachelor of Science Degree
- Physics Comprehensive Engineering Emphasis - Bachelor of Science Degree
- Physical Science - Bachelor of Arts Degree

or Physical Science - Bachelor of Science Degree - Astronomy - Bachelor of Science Degree
- Astrophysics Comprehensive - Bachelor of Science Degree
- Physics 7-12 Teaching Subject Endorsement - Bachelor of Science in Education Degree

A minor in Physics is available for students pursuing majors in other disciplines. An Engineering minor is available. A science minor is available for Elementary Education majors.

A Pre-professional Program is available in Engineering Foundations 2+2 (for UNL)

## Engineering (ENGR)

**ENGR 10 – Freshman Engineering Seminar 0 credit hours**

**ENGR 101 – Introduction to Engineering 3 credit hours**

Corequisite: MATH 103 or MATH 115 or MATH 202.

**ENGR 130 – Computer Aided Drafting for Mechanical Engineering 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: ENGR 101

**ENGR 155 – Engineering Problem Solving: MATLAB 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: MATH 103 or higher

**ENGR 200 – Engineering Thermodynamics 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: PHYS 275 and PHYS 275L.

Corequisite: ENGR 223 and MATH 202.

**ENGR 215 – Engineering Circuits I 4 credit hours**

Corequisite: PHYS 276 and MATH 202.

**ENGR 216 – Engineering Circuits II 4 credit hours**

Prerequisite: ENGR 215

**ENGR 223 – Engineering Statics 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: PHYS 275 and ENGR 101.

Corequisite: MATH 202.

**ENGR 325 – Mechanics of Materials 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: ENGR 223.

Corequisite: MATH 260.

Additional Course Fee Required

**ENGR 373 – Engineering Dynamics 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: ENGR 223.

Corequisite: MATH 260.

## Physics (PHYS)

**PHYS 100 – Physical Science 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: ACT Math Score of 17 or above or completion of MATH 101 or above with a grade of C or above.

Corequisite: PHYS 100L.

**PHYS 100L – Physical Science Laboratory 1 credit hour**

Corequisite: PHYS 100.

Additional Course Fee Required

**PHYS 107 – Physical Science for Elementary Teachers 4 credit hours**

Prerequisite: MATH ACT score of 17 or greater or MATH 101 with a grade of C or above.

**PHYS 123 – Freshman Physics Seminar 3 credit hours**

Corequisite: MATH 103 or MATH 115 or MATH 202.

**PHYS 126 – First Year Seminar 1 credit hour**

**PHYS 131H – Newton's Universe 4 credit hours**

**PHYS 155 – Science of Sound and Music 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: MATH 102 or higher.

Corequisite: PHYS 155L.

**PHYS 155L – Science of Sound and Music Laboratory 1 credit hour**

Corequisite: PHYS 155.

Additional Course Fee Required

**PHYS 201 – Earth Science 4 credit hours**

Additional Course Fee Required

**PHYS 203 – General Physics for Allied Health 4 credit hours**

Prerequisite: MATH 102

**PHYS 205 – General Physics I 4 credit hours**

Prerequisite: MATH 102 with a grade of B+ or above or MATH 103 with a grade of B+ or above or MATH 115 or Math ACT score of 20 or above.

Corequisite: PHYS 205L.

**PHYS 205L – Physics I Laboratory 1 credit hour**

Corequisite: PHYS 205.

Additional Course Fee Required

**PHYS 206 – General Physics II 4 credit hours**

Prerequisite: PHYS 205 and PHYS 205L.

Corequisite: PHYS 206L.

**PHYS 206L – Physics Laboratory II 1 credit hour**

Corequisite: PHYS 206.

Additional Course Fee Required

**PHYS 209 – Meteorology 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: Math 102 or permission of instructor Enrollment not allowed in PHYS 209 if GEOG 209 has been completed

**PHYS 210 – Astronomy 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: MATH 102 or higher

**PHYS 210L – General Astronomy Laboratory 1 credit hour**

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment or completion of PHYS 210.

Additional Course Fee Required

**PHYS 275 – General Physics I (Calculus) 4 credit hours**

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment or completion of MATH 115.

Corequisite: PHYS 275L.

**PHYS 275L – General Physics I (Calculus) Laboratory 1 credit hour**

Corequisite: PHYS 275.

Additional Course Fee Required

**PHYS 276 – General Physics II (Calculus) 4 credit hours**

Prerequisite: Grade of C or above in both PHYS 275 and PHYS 275L.

Corequisite: PHYS 276L.

**PHYS 276L – General Physics II (Calculus) Laboratory 1 credit hour**

Corequisite: PHYS 276.

Additional Course Fee Required

**PHYS 299 – Freshman Seminar in Physics: History, State of the Art and Perspectives 1 credit hour**

**PHYS 301 – Advanced Physical Science 4 credit hours**

Additional Course Fee Required

**PHYS 346 – Modern Physics I 4 credit hours**

Prerequisite: Grade of C or above in both PHYS 276 and PHYS 276L

Additional Course Fee Required

**PHYS 350 – Astrophysics I 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: PHYS 346 or permission of instructor

**PHYS 351 – Astrophysics II 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: PHYS 350

**PHYS 360 – Computational Methods in Physics and Astronomy 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: PHYS 346 or permission of instructor

**PHYS 361 – Astronomy Methods II 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: PHYS 360

**PHYS 370 – Introduction to Biophysics 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: PHYS 206 or PHYS 276 and MATH 115 or higher

**PHYS 372 – Physics of the Body I 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: PHYS 206 or PHYS 276 and MATH 115 or higher

**PHYS 399 – Internship 1-4 credit hours**

Total Credits Allowed: 4.00

**PHYS 402 – Analytic Mechanics 4 credit hours**

Prerequisite: PHYS 410 and MATH 305 or permission of Instructor

**PHYS 407 – Electricity & Magnetism 4 credit hours**

Prerequisite: PHYS 410 and MATH 305 or permission of Instructor

**PHYS 410 – Mathematical Techniques in Physics I 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: MATH 260 or permission of instructor

**PHYS 411 – Mathematical Techniques in Physics II 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: PHYS 410

**PHYS 419 – Quantum Mechanics 4 credit hours**

Prerequisite: PHYS 410

**PHYS 420 – Advanced Physics Laboratory 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: PHYS 410

**PHYS 430 – Optics 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: PHYS 276 and PHYS 276L and PHYS 410

**PHYS 435 – Solid State Physics 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: PHYS 410

**PHYS 440 – Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment or completion of PHYS 410

**PHYS 456 – Regional Field Studies 1-4 credit hours**

Total Credits Allowed: 4.00

**PHYS 471 – Methods in Secondary Science Teaching 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Enrollment in PHYS 471 is not allowed if BIOL 471 has been completed.

**PHYS 472 – Science Curricula 1-3 credit hours**

Total Credits Allowed: 3.00

**PHYS 490 – Special Topics 1-4 credit hours**

Department Consent Required

Total Credits Allowed: 9.00

**PHYS 495 – Research in Physics 1-3 credit hours**

Department Consent Required

Total Credits Allowed: 6.00

**PHYS 496 – Practicum in Physics Education 1-3 credit hours**

Total Credits Allowed: 3.00

Prerequisite: PHYS 205 and PHYS 205L and PHYS 206 and PHYS 206L and PHYS 275 and PHYS 275L and PHYS 276 and PHYS 276L or permission of instructor.

**PHYS 498 – Senior Seminar in Physics 3 credit hours**

Prerequisite: 3 hours of PHYS 495

**PHYS 499 – Problems in Physical Science 1-3 credit hours**

Department Consent Required

Total Credits Allowed: 3.00